Sensible burglary prevention measures start with basics
According to FBI statistics, in 2004, burglars entered a house, apartment or condominium every 14.7 seconds, making off with valuables worth an average of $1,607 each time.
Art Noparstak, marketing manager for Intermatic Inc. and spokesperson for the national Burglary Prevention Council, an organization dedicated to the prevention of residential burglaries, said, “Sixty-two percent of all burglaries occur in daylight hours, and almost a third are made without forced entry. Homeowners make the burglar’s job too easy.”
To prevent burglaries, Noparstak offers the following advice:
Keep all doors, windows and garage doors closed and securely fastened. Doors should have deadbolt locks with at least a 1-inch throw and reinforced strike plate with 3-inch screws. All windows should have window locks.
Cut up cartons for televisions, computers, stereos, etc. Tie the pieces together so a burglar going through the garbage does not see indication of your highly valuable household items.
Do not leave ladders or tools laying around outside.
Install a wide-angle door viewer (peephole) in your front door so you can see who is at the door.
Don’t put your name and residential address on your key ring. If you happen to lose it, a dishonest person could gain entry to your home.
Use timers on lights, radios and televisions. Set light timers to turn on and off at random times of the day and night, making your residence appear occupied. Keep shrubbery trimmed away from entrances and walkways.
When service or delivery people come to your door, ask for identification. If you’re still not sure, call the police first and report the stranger. Next, call the company to confirm.
Make a home inventory list, complete with photos or video. Engrave items with your identification to help the police identify your belongings. Store this list in a safety deposit box.
Post signs in conspicuous locations that clearly indicate the premises are protected by a burglar alarm.
“Consumers should also consider installing a burglar alarm around their home,” said Noparstak. “It is a myth that burglar alarms need to be high-tech and cost thousands of dollars. There are many affordable options available, including window, door and table-top alarms.”
For more tips on safeguarding a home or apartment, visit www.burglaryprevention.org.
To receive a free “Safe and Secure” booklet, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope plus $1 for postage and handling to BPC Literature Fulfillment, Intermatic Inc., Intermatic Plaza, Spring Grove, IL 60681. Topics include evaluating your home’s current safety measures, assessing your home’s entry points, understanding what attracts burglars and implementing a cost-effective security program in your home.
This article was provided courtesy of ARA Content.